The Washington Times - January 15, 2014, 09:48AM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thinks his New Jersey counterpart, Chris Christie, is handing the “Bridgegate” scandal in his state admirably.

“I think people in general acknowledge that in any given government, be it led by a Republican or Democratic governor, there are going to be challenges along the way; it’s how people deal with those challenges going forward,” Mr. Walker said, according to a report from the Gannett Washington Bureau.

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Mr. Walker, who like Mr. Christie is a potential GOP contender for president in 2016, said Mr. Christie has been “completely transparent” about the unfolding issue, which burst into the national headlines last week when it became clear that Christie aides directed lanes from Fort Lee, N.J., to the George Washington Bridge to be closed, possibly as payback for the local mayor’s failure to endorse the governor for re-election.

Gannett reported that Mr. Walker spoke to Mr. Christie by phone to see how the New Jersey executive is holding up, and that Mr. Christie said he was concerned that the scandal would overshadow his second-term agenda.